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electric vs. gas: cost of firing

updated fri 28 feb 97


Lili Krakowski on wed 26 feb 97

Not easy. For one: check the cost of electricity and of the kind of gas
you would be using. You also might want to check out the rate (no pun
intended) at which the prices of each have risen over the years. Second:
You want to check out TOTAL cost: and that should include space "costs"
and extraneous costs. I.E: if you electric kiln is a big Skutt let us
say, an you need about 36" each way for it plus another four feet all
around for access and safe distance from whatever, that is so many
square feet for whatever the inside of the kiln gives you in cubic feet.
Are you with me? So let us say you have a 10 cubic foot kiln, and it
takes up 49 square feet of studio space. Fine. Now your gas kiln might
be bigger inside but the space it occupies is bigger too. Like if you
havev a
kiln with a wheeled cart that comes out--like the Minn. Flat Top-- you
need space for that. And if you build up the door each time you need
space to store door brick. Then you have to figure your time: The gas kiln
neds a lot of attention; an electric kiln could be fired by "anyone"; it
does not need you there. Last: Your gas kiln might come up against all
sorts of regulations about its smokestack etc. but I have not heard of
electric kilns being hassled.

Lili Krakowski

rebecca.j.knight on thu 27 feb 97

Marshall wrote:

> If you do build a gas kiln MAKE SURE that you build a CAR KILN and
>that way you will SAVE YOUR BACK..... You will never regret having a car
>BUT you will regret not having a car E-V-E-R-Y-T-I-M-E you load and unload
>your kiln... And that is my nickel's worth on that...!

I have never seen a car kiln in operation, but like the idea. A question comes
to mind, though.
Wouldn't there be a problem with pieces falling over or into each other when
using it?